August 11, 2019
"Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life of Christ)
We continue our discussion on the "Great White Judgment" and who will be there at this Judgment.
According to the Scriptures in Revelation 20: 12, this is the picture of the resurrection of the wicked dead. In order to understand what John is talking about when he says, "I saw the dead stand before God", we need to outline the program of resurrection. In John 5:27, "the Lord Jesus says that the Father hath given Him, that is the Son, authority to execute judgment, also because He is the son of Man." He is speaking of the universality of resurrection. There is no individual who has ever lived and breathed who will not be brought to physical resurrection. Saved and unsaved alike will all be resurrection. Let us observe John 5:29. Jesus is not telling us when men will come forth unto the resurrection of life and damnation.
He is not teaching us, there, the time of the resurrections. He is only teaching us that face of the resurrection. And the fact is, there are two kinds of resurrections: one unto life and the other unto damnation. It is referred to elsewhere in Scripture as the first and the second resurrection; life and judgment or damnation. As John says, "Marvel not at this; for the hour is coming in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have gone good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have don evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
In 1 Corinthians 15: we get something of the program of resurrection, verse 20 " But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept." Christ is the first fruits. He is the first part of the resurrection unto life and afterward they that are Christ's at His coming: verses 21-23, "For since by man came death, and by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward they that are Christ's at His coming." 1 Thess. 4: speaks also of this particular phase of resurrection of life which we call the rapture of the church. In Revelation 20:6, John writes, "blessed and holy are these that have part in the first resurrection on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years." John is referring to all the multitudes of believers who will be martyred during the Tribulation period. They will be resurrected at the Second Coming of Christ back to the earth and they will also be a part of the first resurrection.
The Question is asked very often, when will the Old Testament saints be resurrected? There are many beliefs concerning the time of their resurrection but I personally believe according to my interpretation of the Scriptures, they will be resurrected at the time of the Second Coming of Christ back to the earth. But regardless of how a person might believe concerning this, we must remember at the time of the Second Coming of Christ back to this earth, when He come back to set His feet upon the Mount of Olives, to reign during the one thousand years kingdom. there will not be one body of a believer from the time of Adam until that time left in the grave. So when Jesus comes back to this earth to reign, the first resurrection will be completed.
Next week I will discuss who is left to be resurrected at the Great White Throne for judgment.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor